An Apology for a Certain Lady by John Cunningham

To an old dotard’s wretched arms betray’d,
The wife (miscall’d) is but a widow’d maid;
Young, and impatient at her wayward lot,
If the dull rules of duty are forgot;
Whatever ills from her defection rise,
The parent’s guilty who compell’d the ties.

From: Cunningham, John, Poems, Chiefly Pastoral, 2011, University of Michigan Library: Ann Arbor, Michigan, p. 232.

Date: 1766

By: John Cunningham (1729-1773)


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